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"Live Review: Lion's Den - January 30, 2004"

Satisfy that deep craving for denim blues after work with Less Nessman. That’s right you’ve heard the name, now meet the few bold enough to go where no West Village seedling has cropped up before.

NAOMI LESS, Lead Vocals and Guitar

“If we ever get sued, we’ll need to change the name.” [Say what?] Naomi says her crooning is “a blend of Aretha meets early Joan Osborne meets Melissa.” She began righting wrongs, writing songs, and stomping stages 8 years ago. She’s since appeared in Chicago, Georgia, Israel, and deep dish New York City.

“In the studio, Adam and I scat back and forth with his guitar and my syllables. My idols are Ella and Bonnie Raitt. Ella, because her voice IS her instrument, and Bonnie because she’s one of those powerful ladies whose heart, soul, and passion are IT.”

ADAM STEIN, Vocals and Funky, Junky, Juice-Jarring Guitar

Adam has played guitar for 19 years. He was with the bands Wonder Bread Men, Entropy, Red Rover, Marge, and Backwards Dog Religion, cutting his teeth on the alternative crowd before settling into those (you said it) stone-washed blues—rock on a hot, wood floor. Wind him up and watch him go; Thursday night Adam tackled challenging guitar solos with a smirk on his face. When I asked him about it after the gig at Lion’s Den, he answered:

“Did you know that when you pick up a phone, the dial tone is the note F, and that F is a certain frequency, that corresponds to the color green? Green is the Heart Chakra. People are moved by music and colors and energy and it’s all cyclical… Life energy… Vitamin C powder fizzing and popping in your water glass… LIFE! LIVE STRONG! BE BOLD!”

His philosophy comes through in the original song, “Empire,” Thursday’s opener. If you can’t feel Adam’s enthusiasm on the dance floor, you ain’t 98.6°F.

JIM HOPKINSON, Drums

Jim was raised by The Nasties—a pack of wolves roaming the streets of Boston. Alpha ratings for Jim’s enlightened rhythms. More than ever before, he’s supplying Naomi, Adam, and the rest of the band with light-up, Michael Jackson, “Billy Jean” panels of sidewalk to dance on.

ARI GOLD, on Bass

Gold is just what Less Nessman needed to connect with earthier listeners; those of us who crave bass therapy; those of us who lie on the floor while the speakers we’ve seasoned for 8 years thummm….

Backup singers Jen Landon and Cathy Conley were like the cuffs on Less’s jeans; the finishing touch; the crisp-sounding finesse. They were featured on songs Tribe 13 loves, like “Spread Your Love” and “Blank Page.” The band has gigs booked through February and are almost ready to lay down a demo.

Less Nessman: Not one ounce commercial. Sized to fit. Nostalgic. Like your favorite pair of jeans, like WKRP in Cincinnati, like their moving and authentic cover of The Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Running”—you instinctively know where to put your feet. This is dance music. The beer-drinking crowd at Lion’s Den stayed glued in their spots, too obedient of the cabaret law, but on a chilly Thursday night, Less Nessman’s even better than hot cocoa, and stays with you longer.

You’re invited to toast originality and meet the band January 9 at Groove (MacDougal and West 3rd Street). If you really want to wow your Velentine’s date, plan ahead for Less Nessman’s special appearance at C-Note (Avenue C at 10th Street). Check www.lessnessman.com for updates.

If it’s worth hearing, Tribe 13 is listening.
- Tribe 13


"Quips from Internet Radio"

Dan Herman, creator of Radio Crystal Blue, said the following about Less Nessman during a segment from his new music hour in Spring of 2005:

"I saw this band at the C-Note and they packed the house."

"...it's a mix of rock, blues, and good 'ol fashion soul..."

"...that was so dense it was cool..." - Radio Crystal Blue - Dan Herman


"Live Review: The Lemon - March 29, 2004"

"LESS NESSMAN's live performance brought me back to when I used to go to Wetlands in NYC when it first opened. You'd see bands like Blues Traveler, The Bogmen, Blind Melon and all the newest bands on the scene right before they got their big record deals. The kind of bands that made you a follower of their music from the first minute you heard them. LESS NESSMAN is that kind of band.

With their brand of "don't be afraid to groove" jam rock/blues combined with a dash of pop melodies, they waste no time getting the audience hooked into their vibe and music with an upbeat tune complete with guitar jam and hooks. From then on it's pure musical magic. Nothing seems rehearsed, planned, plotted or preconceived. The work of true musicians. The work of a true band.

There were many highlights in this concert, but my favorite must of been when lead singer Naomi Less and lead guitarist Adam Stein traded off licks. Him on guitar and her with vocals. He'd lay it out and she'd dish it right back. They did this with grace and attitude.

In full review, I am now a LESS NESSMAN fan and I'd suggest you check them out as soon as they're in your neck of the woods. Hopefully, we'll be able to catch them in the lineup of an outdoor festival somewhere.... that would surely be a show of theirs to catch!"
- Indie Music Explosion


Discography

"Bird's Eye View"
self-released LP, November 25, 2004

The songs "Just Be" and "Bucklemack & The Bro"
play on Radio Cyrstal Blue (www.radiocrystalblue.com) internet radio.

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Less Nessman is damn good music. Great to listen to, great to groove to, and easy to hum right along to. Rock and Pop. Blues and Soul.

Naomi’s powerhouse vocals and signature scats rouse the audiences with a jolt to the soul - reminiscent of Grace Slick colliding with Janis Joplin. Her voice lifts off from the syncopated rhythms of her acoustic guitar.

Adam Stein’s classic rock riffs and solos conjure the likes of Mark Knopfler and David Gilmour. They dance with Naomi for a sound that peels out of the lane with a nostalgic flare.

The power of Naomi’s guitar rhythms and jazzy-blue vocals, and Stein’s gallant 70’s rockin’ chops, combined with driving-it-home beats will plant songs in your head and keep them spinning for days.

Tribe 13 columnist Michelle Levy describes Less Nessman as, “Sized to fit. Nostalgic. Like your favorite pair of jeans. Satisfy that deep craving for denim blues...You instinctively know where to put your feet."

Less and Stein got together through a series of jams and parties in New York City during the fall of 2002. They each brought in original songs and their favorite covers to craft the set list for their first Less Nessman gig on that New Year’s Eve. Since then, Less Nessman has performed shows throughout New York City at many venues including The Knitting Factory, Canal Room, The Cutting Room, Lion’s Den, Kenny’s Castaways, and CBGB’s Gallery. Recently they played in Chicago at Abbey Pub, Elbo Room, and Goose Island.

Less hails from Chicago, studied classical voice at Northwestern University, and learned to play guitar through her Indigo Girls CD’s. Stein transplanted from Kansas City and has been playing guitar in bands since he was twelve. These origins influence and create Less Nessman’s unique sound.

Less Nessman is bringing their energy to the rest of the East Coast and beyond. Catch them at venues in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and LA! Stay tuned to www.lessnessman.com as the band makes its moves, and be sure to sign-up on the email list and send a note to say “Rock On!